Becky Heiberger named USD women’s soccer coach

Becky Heiberger named USD women's soccer coach Becky Heiberger, most recently an assistant at Division I Creighton University, has been named the head women's soccer coach at The University of South Dakota, according to an announcement by USD Athletics Director Joel Nielsen.

Heiberger, a native of Sioux Falls and a graduate of O'Gorman High School, served as a graduate assistant to head coach Bruce Erickson at Creighton in Omaha, NE. With the Bluejays, she organized team travel plans, assisted in training, monitored academic progress, participated in recruiting and helped with student-athlete evaluations. Heiberger, who began her duties at USD on Monday, May 23, replaces Jessica Maddox, who resigned this spring.

"Becky Heiberger is returning to her roots where she learned to play soccer. She brings a combination of experiences, including starring at Creighton and later mentoring with one of the top coaches in Division I, that will enable her to continue to develop our successful soccer program," Nielsen said. "Becky has tremendous energy and an upbeat personality, and she understands the possibilities of recruiting and developing a pipeline to USD of the outstanding soccer student-athletes in the Sioux Falls, Omaha and Des Moines regions."

Heiberger graduated from Creighton in December of 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology and theology. At Creighton, she was a four-year member of the Bluejays soccer program that qualified for the 2002 NCAA Tournament. As a senior (2002), Heiberger, who served as the team captain, helped Creighton win the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and the league tournament title.

After graduating from Creighton, Heiberger served as a club soccer coach for one season before working as a graduate assistant at Tennessee-Martin during 2003-04. She returned to Creighton to serve as a graduate assistant for Erickson.

"Becky will do an outstanding job. She was a hardworking student-athlete and I know she will do the same as a coach," said Erickson.

Heiberger, who is in the process of completing her master's degree in recreation administration from Nebraska-Omaha, played for the Dakota Gold Soccer Club, based in Sioux Falls, and was a three-year member (1994-97) of the South Dakota Olympic Development Program's State Team.

Last season, USD finished with a school-record 15 wins (6 losses) and advanced to the 2004 NCAA Division II national tournament for the first time in school history after finishing in a tie for first-place in the NCC regular season standings (5-1). The Coyotes also made history by having its first player ever selected to the All-Region Team (sophomore Tina Brummer).

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